The case of the disappearing stories

The reason why Mummy went to London yesterday was to go to a workshop to find out more about getting her stories about us published.  She said that she got really encouraged by it all until the last session which left her feeling really depressed.  Anyway there are a number of things she needs to do to our stories including taking them off here as they are going to be edited so they won’t be the same as these versions.  Depending on what she does about publishing them, they may go on her authoring website instead, but I’ll keep you posted on that.

She says there are two big problems about our stories: they don’t seem to be fashionable and they don’t have a great female character in them till the second book when Kira turns up.  I like Kira.  Well, Fred in the books loves her a lot as it turns out, so I suppose I would like her!  She’s wondering about turning George into a girl character but still leaving him as an engineer as girls like doing those things too… well, Mummy does and she’s a girl.  I think it’s a little strange, but it’s a story, not real life.  Or maybe Mummy will just decide she doesn’t want to publish her stories after all.  Just do them for the kindle thing (which she explained is a sort of electronic book), and maybe get a copy printed off for her own bookshelf.  She says the trouble is that she wrote the stories because she wanted to write the stories.  The thing is, publishers want to know who is going to buy them, and if we say 8-12 year olds or Young Adults, then you have to say what they should sit beside on the bookshelves, and Mummy says there’s nothing really like them at all.  So she’s going to have a rethink.  I’ll do some Thinking too, which should help her a bit.

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2 thoughts on “The case of the disappearing stories

  1. Auntie Dawn

    There’s a lot to Think about here, F. I think Mummy should leave George as a boy, not only because his character is cute as a button. ❤ I get offended when stories have a female character just for the sake of having a female. It's not being inclusive; it's just pandering. (I'm not suggesting that your Mummy would create a stereotypical character. She'd do a great job, I'm sure.) I think female readers can relate to male characters on many aspects other than gender.

    The kind of reader who demands a female character for its own sake isn't the kind who'd read Mummy's stories anyway. I think her stories appeal to an intelligent reader who can get past gender issues.

    I've been in publishing for a while, but not fiction publishing. The people running the workshop know what they're talking about. I do think that Mummy should have a look at some other books in the genre just to get her bearings.

    Unless artists need to make a living from their work, I think that they should create their works as they see fit and say "pfffft" to the critics. It depends on whether Mummy wants to try to hit it big with these stories, or write to make herself happy. I'm in favor of the latter.

    That's my two cents, as we say in America. I suppose it'd be two pence on your side of the pond, cutie. I know you'll support Mummy whatever she decides to do, as will I.

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  2. Dawn is, of course, entirely right.

    I don’t think George as a girl would work. The personality would end up being too much like Mummy’s although Auntie Cathy might also make a good role model, as she was great at Lego Technik when she was just 8. Kira is a feisty lady – if the readers want a girl, they’ll have to wait till she gets involved.

    And that’s my tuppence worth 🙂

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